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May 14 - 16, 2003

Chautauqua Short Course A-57

Clark Atlanta University
McPheeter-Dennis Hall Room 337


This short course will focus on several different ways that the analysis of molecular data is being applied to solve current biological problems in areas such as medicine, agriculture, conservation, and evolution. The relationships between evolutionary theory and the analysis of molecular sequence and structure data will be addressed. A wide range of sub-disciplines that use bioinformatic analysis will be drawn upon. The focus will be on learning about the causal bases for bioinformatic analyses
along with a philosophy of education: problem posing, problem-
solving, and peer review/publication (BioQUEST's three P's ).

The laboratory sessions deal with medical, cell biology, and conservation examples. The lectures relate to: Evolutionary Bioinformatics: Orthology, Paralogy, Xenology, Phylogenetic Probes and Phylogenetic Profiling; BioQUEST's Curricular Philosophy: Problem Posing, Problem Solving and Peer Review / Publication; and, Theoretical, mathematical and computational aspects that complicate bioinformatics: homoplasies, computational complexity, numerous tree topologies, scoring multiple sequence alignments, long branch attraction problems, rate variations. The discussions focus on how to analyze data, how to implement bioinformatics investigations across the curriculum, and how to develop sustained collaboration.

Workshop Leaders

John R. Jungck
Sam Donovan
Tia Johnson
Tony Weisstein

Beloit College, Wisconsin
Department of Biology

Steven Thompson

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

The workshop is designed for: -Biologists who are interested in implementing bioinformatics across their biology curriculum by incorporating bioinformatics into a variety of courses, using a problem-solving approach, and who enjoy collaborative learning such as has been developed and diffused by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. -Mathematicians and computer scientists who are already involved in teaching bioinformatics or computational molecular biology are welcome to come and interact with biologists so that they can develop a better idea of what questions biologists outside of genomics have with respect to teaching and learning elements of bioinformatics appropriate to their sub-discipline of biology.

This short course serves several purposes:
As a learning resource for faculty across the biological sciences who
are interested in developing their understanding of the biological (as compared to the computational or mathematical) aspects of bioinformatic analyses.
As a forum for undergraduate teachers of bioinformatics to collaborate
in the development of biology or bioinformatics courses and/or curricula.
As an opportunity for developing undergraduate research programs in

Please register for this workshop through the
University of Pittsburgh Chautauqua office

For more information please contact Sam Donovan or Sue Risseeuw (608/363-2012).



Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE/CCLI-ND),
the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and

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